Offering resources, referrals, consultations and counseling services on the issues that concern military families.
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Financial planning is different at different stages of life. If you are nearing retirement, you are most likely focused on planning for a comfortable retirement. People far from retirement age often want to plan for multiple situations: immediate goals, like a car or vacation; foreseeable future events like children’s educations and home ownership; and later goals, like retirement. To ensure that you reach all your goals, it’s important to start early and follow a financial plan.
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With the current economic downturn, it is increasingly important that teenagers understand how to manage their money. Learning the basics of budgeting before moving out on their own is a necessary step toward ensuring that teens grow up to be financially responsible adults. Setting a good example for your teens to follow and a little parental involvement may be all it takes to transform naïve teens into budget-conscious adults.
Stephanie Nicole Ramer
2013 Southeast Military Youth of the Year
Moody Air Force Base Youth Center, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
Change. Constant change. That is what being a military youth is all about. In fact, change is probably the only consistent thing in my life. Because my dad is in the military, I don’t know where my family will move next or when my father will be gone again. I don’t know if I will move far away from friends only months after meeting them. There are so many parts of my life that I cannot count on staying the same. However, that does not mean that my life is unbalanced. In order to cope with our uneven, ever-changing lifestyle my family has become stronger. The bonds that we have are unbreakable even when confronted with the toughest obstacles. Deployment and new homes only bring us closer together. Being a military youth means that I always have a strong family behind me.
To fulfill this need for caregiver support, the Department of Defense is rolling out a new Caregiver Peer-to-Peer Support Initiative. Currently, military and family life counselors provide face-to-face, confidential, non-medical counseling to service and family members, including caregivers. As part of the initiative, beginning in 2014, military and family life counselors at Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force installations with recovery care coordinators will organize and conduct voluntary peer-to-peer forums to provide confidential, non-medical counseling to caregivers. Military caregivers will help build the program by providing input on areas they would like to focus on such as mental wellness, managing stress and nutrition. More at http://bit.ly/1hCPj0h.
Southwest Military Youth of the Year
Holloman Air Force Base Youth & Teen Center, Alamogordo, N.M.
The military youth center has been in my life since I was in the fourth grade. Over the years, I have grown to love all that it stands for. It has played a big part in my experiences as a child and young adult. The club is one of the few things that has always been here for me through some of the best and worst times. It has helped me through multiple military moves, provided me with friends, assisted me in becoming more involved in my community and provided me with some of the best experiences and opportunities.